EUREKA, Ill. — The Lady Blue Jays trimmed an 11-point deficit to four in the fourth quarter, but couldn't finish their comeback in Saturday's SLIAC loss to the second-place Lady Red Devils.
Westminster College trailed 20-14 after one quarter and 47-33 at halftime, and was down 64-53 to begin the fourth quarter. The closest the Lady Blue Jays would get was 71-67 on junior forward Mirrakohl Johnson's layup with 5 minutes, 19 seconds left in the game.
Westminster — which also fell to Eureka 90-84 in overtime Jan. 10 in Fulton — slipped to 12-11 on the season Saturday and tumbled to sixth place in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at 7-7.
Junior guard Kendahl Adams produced a game-high 25 points in topping the Lady Blue Jays and became the program's single-season scoring leader with 426 points. Freshman forward Grace Archambault chipped in with 10 points as Westminster shot just 32 percent (26-of-82) overall and a miserable 22 percent (9-of-41) from 3-point range.
Adams and Archambault rounded out double-doubles with a game-high 14 and 13 rebounds, respectively, to spark Westminster to a commanding 57-40 advantage on the boards.
Kennedy Dura countered with 23 points to pace four players in double figures for the Lady Red Devils (16-7, 11-3), who shot 41 percent (25-of-61) from the field. Samantha Sarnes came off the bench to supply 19 points, Ashley Harfst had 12 and Lexi Dooley contributed 11.
The Lady Blue Jays return to Illinois for a SLIAC contest at MacMurray College at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Westminster rolled past MacMurray 82-61 on Jan. 13 in Fulton.